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You guys, I thought summer was absolutely NEVER going to arrive. This winter went on forever and then some. We had snow and freezing rain for what seemed like an eternity.
I was especially anxious for summer to start because, after years of dreaming and saving, we were having a brand new pool put in our backyard.
This has been a dream for us for the last several years — one I have worked towards and saved for with diligence.
We bought our forever home three years ago and moved in, knowing there were a lot of changes and updates we wanted to make. Along with indoor renovations, we wanted to completely change our landscaping and add a brand new in-ground pool to our backyard.
We love outdoor entertaining — it’s so fun and relaxing to gather with friends outside! Most of our gatherings in the warmer months take place in our backyard, with a heap of yummy food and plenty of time spent in the water. Having a backyard we love, along with a gorgeous pool is a dream come true.
In spring, the contractor and his crew arrived and began prepping our backyard and then installed our pool. Our excitement was through the roof.
Until it started getting cold again.
The pool and it’s glorious blue water sat and sat for weeks on end — it was simply too cold to get in. It was so frustrating.
But blessedly, over the last few days, the weather seems to have turned. We went from unseasonably cool temps to balmy 90 degree days with plenty of sunshine. My heart could burst with joy.
The water is finally warming up enough to swim and all my daydreaming of lazy summer days spent in the pool with family and friends are finally becoming a reality.
Of course, along with glorious days in the pool, there is maintenance.
Thankfully, we’ve got that covered thanks to the HTH line of products available at Walmart. Their entire line of products makes it so easy to keep our pool clean and ready to use. They offer a simple 4-step process that is quick and no mess, making it a breeze to keep our water perfect.
Their Six-Way Test Strips checks for chlorine, bromine, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness and cyanuric acid (CYA) levels in one easy strip.
I’m also obsessed with their new no measuring, no mess with HTH(TM) Pre-Measured, Water Soluble Pods(TM). They’re like laundry pods — you don’t have to measure anything, just toss into the pool. It’s incredible how easy it is!
The ease of use for the HTH products means more quality time together in the pool and enjoying our backyard with loved ones.
This weekend, we had a little get together to celebrate the official opening of our new pool. I put together a table of delicious snacks for everyone to enjoy — because let’s face it, swimming makes you hungry! Fruit, cheese, cookies, and crackers are go-to options for me in the summer.
When entertaining, I love to have simple, tasty items to serve that I can have ready ahead of time. I don’t want to miss any time away from my pool or guests.
We all love this yummy whipped pie. It’s perfect in a graham cracker crust, topped with fruit. You can also serve it in a bowl to dip fruit in. Or eat it with a spoon by itself because it’s so good. ?
The balance of sweet and creamy with the fresh fruit is to die for. It’s amazing! I guarantee this will become a poolside favorite for your gang as well.
Whipped Pie Ingredients
- 1 8-ounce container of whipped topping
- 1 3.4-ounce box vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1 13-ounce jar marshmallow fluff
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
- 9-inch graham cracker crust, optional
- favorite fruits
I love using blueberries and raspberries for pie or strawberries for dipping. You can also serve with graham crackers.
How to Make Whipped Pie
Combine all ingredients and mix well with a hand mixer until fully incorporated. Pour into a graham cracker crust and chill until ready to serve. Top with your favorite fresh fruit such as blueberries and raspberries.
This summer, I hope you have plenty of time with family and friends outside in the pool with all your favorite food. Don’t forget to grab HTH Pool Supplies during your next trip to Walmart to make your pool maintenance even easier!